Get schooled this Sunday on school house history

Above: Presenter David Downs talks Olde Time Schooling (image from his website)

This Sunday, the Southborough Historical Society is inviting area residents of all ages to join them. At 2:00 pm, they are hosting a special Olde Time Schooling program.

Presenter David Downs will entertain and provide trivia like:

  • Why are pencils painted yellow?

  • What is a battledore?

  • Why didn’t students recite the Pledge of Allegiance in public schools until after 1892?

Join Dave Downs as he answers these fascinating questions and many more. He will discuss slate pencils, the hornbook, the battledore, the primer, 19th century school houses, student punishments, and many other interesting topics related to old time schooling.

The event will take place in the society’s museum (25 Common Street, behind Pilgrim Church). Refreshments will be provided.

The setting is appropriate since it’s the old town school house building. So, it’s also an opportunity to peruse the museum to learn more about the building and town history.

Below: Southborough’s Flag School circa 1900. Now the building is used as a museum by the Southborough Historical Society (Image from the society’s Facebook page.)

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